IU School of Medicine



This elective is designed to give the students a unique experience in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS). The curriculum is designed to broaden the student's understanding of the fundamentals of MIS as they pertain to gynecologic surgery. This is accomplished with a flexible schedule, allowing the student to tailor this elective to his/her own needs and interests. The main focus will be on laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, and robotic surgery. The student will have the opportunity to assist the participating faculty with inpatient and outpatient MIGS at IU Health University and Eskenazi Health Hospitals. Inanimate models, including laparoscopic box trainers and Virtual Reality Simulators will be utilized to improve fundamental laparoscopic skills. The student will also have the opportunity to work with LAP 100, an internet-based self-study program designed to specifically teach basic laparoscopic knowledge. In addition, they will have the opportunity to attend all of the department lectures, including grand rounds and GYN conference, which focuses on teaching fundamental surgical skills. The course has required reading and will be expected to participate in an individual conversation about the application of the information.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Kellie Hindman (kmhindma@indiana.edu)

Director: Jon Hathaway, M.D., Ph.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health University Hospital and Eskenazi Health Services (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Explain the advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources commonly used during laparoscopic surgery by completing the module 'Energy Sources' in LAP 101 and passing the quiz (PBLI1)
  • 2) Demonstrate safe techniques of peritoneal access (PC5)
  • 3) Describe anterior abdominal wall and pelvic anatomy via direct participation in surgical cases (MK1)
  • 4) Demonstrate basic laparoscopic skills and improved laparoscopic skills by working with box trainers in our surgical training lab (PC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Students will be assessed on the number of hours spent on the laparoscopic trainer, the improvement in manual dexterity as measured by the trainer, their comfort with discussing the topics in the required reading and their performance in the OR/office procedure clinic. There are no exams or presentations but there will be one on one discussions of the reading material).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 35

Time Distribution: 70% Clinical, 15% Lecture/Seminar, 15% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Kellie Hindman (kmhindma@indiana.edu) This elective is handled through the match. Post-match results, all additions and drops for OBGYN electives must be approved through Kellie Hindman, OBGYN Clerkship Coordinator. To be placed on the waitlist for this course, please contact Kellie (kmhindma@indiana.edu or 317-948-7438). Vacancies will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None